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Phenomenal’ – TalkSPORT pundit raves about West Ham star amid Maddison comparison

James Ward-Prowse, a deal from West Ham United, is one of the season’s top acquisitions, according to Darren Bent.


Following his transfer to West Ham, James Ward-Prowse was listed by Darren Bent with James Maddison and Dominik Szoboszlai as one of the summer’s top acquisitions.

Following their relegation to the Championship, West Ham bought Ward-Prowse from Southampton in a transaction estimated to be worth £30 million. In six appearances for the team, he has contributed two goals and five assists.

And after being asked on talkSPORT (29 September) if Maddison or Szoboszlai were the signing of the summer, Bent mentioned the 28-year-old Hammers ace as someone who should be in the conversation too.

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“Yeah, maybe a little early, [James] Ward-Prowse has been phenomenal for West Ham when you’re talking about his set plays and his assists,” he added.

It’s still early, but I believe you can say that Maddison, Szboszlai, and Ward-Prowse are all carrying out the tasks for which they were hired.


When Ward-Prowse was linked to the Hammers and David Moyes over the past several seasons, it appeared to be a marriage made in heaven on paper, but no one anticipated him to take off the way he has.

For a long, he was viewed by many as a set-piece specialist, but he has since shown that he is much more than that, with great energy off the ball, skill in tackling, and an exceptional passer in open play.

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He’s taken our midfield game up a level and because of his excellence alongside Edson Alvarez and Lucas Paqueta we have barely missed Declan Rice this season.

Value for money should be considered too and he is certainly up there with the best signings of the summer, but many people are forgetting about him because he doesn’t play for one of the “big six”.

Well played to Bent for ensuring he isn’t left out of the conversation because he fully deserves to be there, and he is already a fan favourite at the London Stadium.

In other West Ham news, “ship has sailed” for Hammers star to earn big money move to Champions League club.

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